Review by Kyle Mattingly:

Material: [Shaft] carbon fiber; [Pick] steel
Length: 50cm
Pick Included: Laser
Leash Included: No, Fang and Strike included
Weight: 21oz (608g)
Recommended Use: Ice, mixed, alpine climbing
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year

Summary

A carbon fiber leashless ice tool with more clearance then any other tool out there…I’m sold! My first impression was damn, these tools are sexy. The carbon fiber shaft seems to belong more on high end bike frame then an ice tool. After swinging the older style Cobra tools for the past 4 seasons I was anxious to get the new tools in my hands. Since I retired my leashes 5 seasons ago I have been looking for a perfect leashless tool, and I have found that in the Cobra. One reason I swing BD tools is because of the picks. They’re bomber, won’t break and come ready to use out of the box. You can’t beat a fresh BD pick, whether a titan, laser or fusion pick BD has got you covered. The new tools have a slightly smaller hammer and adze, but you can use the larger older style ones if needed.

Testing Notes

The tools preformed well both guiding clients on steep multipitch Ice routes, and cruising around the Ouray Ice Park. I found myself crushing tough routes and trusting every first stick with ease. I really liked the clip in point in the bottom of the shaft too. The carbon fiber shaft keeps the majority of the tool’s weight in the head. The carbon fiber also provides vibration-free placements with minimal flex, and a damp balanced swing and wrist-flick sticks. It comes equipped with Laser Pick, removable Fang and Strike, with the option for an integrated Android Leash.

The Verdict

The tool excelled on steep ice and in the alpine. For a guide looking for an all around multipurpose ice/alpine tool it can’t be beat. The down side is that they are expensive and the “strike” attachment is pointless as it works poorly as a ‘trigger’ and is seldom needed for matching.